Tourism and conservation working in partnership.

Fix the Fells: Project Update 2015-16

Last year our business fundraisers raised over £19,000 for Fix the Fells. The generous donations from visitors will be used to support vital repair and maintenance of our spectacular Lakeland Fells, helping to protect the Lake District landscape for everyone to enjoy.

Fix the Fells rangers and volunteers work year-round to protect our spectacular Lakeland fells from erosion by maintaining and repairing the paths. Over the last year they have been working on both new projects and repairs and general maintenance on the whole path network across the Lake District National Park.

Projects in 2015/16 included: Tongue Gill, Coniston Old Man, Honister Tramway, Carlside, Kirkfell and Black Sail.

Volunteers had an exceptional year of activity. 422 drain runs were completed and 1,736 upland days were gifted in total - the most successful year since the volunteer programme was launched in 2007!

Unfortunately the floods of December 2015 had a devastating effect on the upland path network, causing damage to many paths including Catbells and the Wythburn path onto Helvellyn. The first job after the storms died down was to survey the paths for flood damage. This was a huge task and was undertaken by the volunteers during the holiday season and in some awful weather conditions.

Fix the Fells received national recognition in 2015, featuring in the film by Terry Abram “Life of a Mountain: Blencathra”.

This year, the Fix the Fells teams will be focussing on Glencoyne/Seldom Seen, Dollywaggon, Thesthwaite Cove, Brown Tongue, and Rigghead to name but a few.

Richard Fox, Fix the Fells lead ranger says “We are so grateful to the visitors that make a donation to Fix the Fells, and to the fantastic local businesses that raise awareness of our work and fundraise for us. Your support really does make a difference!”

This vital conservation work could not happen without donations. Thank you to all of these BUSINESSES for helping to protect this wonderful landscape.

 

A group of the volunteer lengthsmen with the central & eastern path team on Gowbarrow having just completed a new section of path.

The severe gullying on the top of Wythburn path going towards Helvellyn that was caused by Storm Desmond is shown here with lengthsthmesn standing in the deep hole that has been washed out.

 

FtF staff and volunteer lengthsmen working together on the Three Shires to Red Tarn path during the June blitz weekend.